The Great Library

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My 9 Top Shelf Books to be a Force for Change

The Great Library

A

  • The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity  by James Baldwin
  • The Almanack Of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • All You Have to Do Is Ask by Wayne Baker
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • A More Beautiful and Terrible History by Jeanne Theoharis
  • Autobiography Of A Yogi by Yogananda Paramahamsa
  • Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra
  • A Jacques Barzun Reader by Jacques Barzun
  • A More Beautiful and Terrible History by Jeanne Theoharis
  • A Theory of Everything by Ken Wilbur
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

B

  • BE DiFFERENT or be dead by Roy Osing
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Bhagavad Gita by Goswami Kriyananda
  • The Book of Eels by Patrik Svensson
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Brilliant Imperfection by Eli Clare
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  • Basin and Range by John McPhee
  • Bliss by Peter Carey
  • Beyond Happiness by Ezra Bayda
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  • Brilliant Imperfection by Eli Clare
  • Basin and Range by John McPhee
  • Brave New Work by Aaron Dignan
  • Birds of All Feathers by Michael Bach
  • The Business Romantic by Tim Leberecht

C

  • The Country and the City by Raymond Williams
  • The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life  by Twyla Tharp
  • Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
  • Consciousness Explained  by Daniel C. Dennett
  • The Craftsman by Richard Sennett
  • The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  • Conscious Business by Fred Kofman
  • Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

D

  • Dare, Dream, Do by Whitney Johnson
  • The Dehumanization of Art  by José Ortega y Gasset
  • Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
  • The Disruption Mindset by Charlene Li
  • Die Empty by Todd Henry
  • Dare Dream Do by Whitney Johnson

E

  • Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • The Expectation Effect by David Robson
  • Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
  • Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • End Malaria by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • Experiments in Ethics by Kwame Appiah
  • Every Conversation Counts by John C. Maxwell
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell

F

  • Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
  • From the Republic of Conscience by Seamus Heaney
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Funes the Memorious by Jorge Luis Borges
  • Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by James Hollis
  • Fire Country by Victor Steffensen

G

  • Gratitude by Oliver Sacks
  • Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter
  • Gratitude by Oliver Sacks
  • The Gift of Struggle by Bobby Herrera
  • Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter
  • Ghost Work by Mary L. Gray and Siddharth Suri
  • Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass by Mary L. Gray & Siddharth Suri
  • The Gift of Struggle by Bobby Herrera
  • Get Big Things Done by Erica Dhawan

H

  • The Heart is Noble by The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
  • How Emotions Are Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett
  • How to Change by Katy Milkman
  • How to Work with (Almost) Anyone by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • How to Work with (Almost) Anyone by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • How to Work with (Almost) Anyone by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • How to Work with (Almost) Anyone by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • How Emotions Are Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett
  • How to Begin by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • The Heart Aroused by David Whyte
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • The Heart of Understanding by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • How to Begin by Michael Bungay
  • How To Begin by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • How to Begin by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • How to Begin by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • How to Begin by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • How To Begin by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • How to Begin by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • How To Begin by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • The Half-Finished Heaven by Tomas Tranströmer
  • How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
  • How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton
  • The Hero’s Body by William Giraldi

I

  • Intentional Integrity by Robert Chesnut
  • Incognito by David Eagleman
  • Indistractable by Nir Eyal
  • In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters and Robert Waterman Jr.
  • The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
  • In Search of Excellence by Tom J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman Jr.
  • Inclusify by Dr. Stefanie Johnson
  • Indistractable by Nir Eyal
  • Intentional Integrity by Rob Chesnut

J

  • Just Kids by Patti Smith

K

  • Kraftwerk: Future Music From Germany by Uwe Schütte
  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler

L

  • The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer
  • The Life We’re Looking For by Andy Crouch
  • Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Leapfrog by Nathalie Molina Niño
  • Loonshots by Safi Bahcall
  • Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute
  • Life as We Know It by Michael Bérubé
  • Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World by Meg Wheatley
  • The Lords of Strategy by Walter Keichel
  • Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute
  • Leapfrog by Nathalie Molina Niño
  • Limitless by Laura Gassner Otting

M

  • Man’s Search for Meaning  by Viktor Frankl
  • The Medium Is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects  by Marshall McLuhan
  • Mr Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow
  • The Ministry for the Future  by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Matter and Desire by Andreas Weber
  • The Mountain is You by Brianna Wiest
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • Management by Peter Drucker
  • Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
  • My Grandmother’s Love Letters by Hart Crane
  • Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
  • Mistakes Were Made (But not by Me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
  • The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
  • The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo

N

  • Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler
  • The Nature of Technology by W. Brian Arthur
  • Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
  • Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler
  • Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney

O

  • Once a Runner by John L. Parker, Jr.
  • On Dialogue by David Bohm
  • On Dialogue by David Bohm
  • On Photography by Susan Sontag
  • On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  • On Being White ... And Other Lies by James Baldwin
  • The Optimist’s Telescope by Bina Venkataraman

P

  • The Power of Moments by Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Erving Goffman
  • The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  • The Peter Principle by Laurence J. Peter
  • Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak up, Create, and Lead. by Tara Mohr
  • The Power of Ritual by Casper ter Kuile
  • The Person You Mean to Be by Dolly Chugh
  • Pivot by Jenny Blake
  • The Practice by Seth Godin

Q

  • Quiet by Susan Cain

R

  • The Road to Character by David Brooks
  • Range by David Epstein
  • Radical Uncertainty: Decision-Making Beyond the Numbers by John Kay & Mervyn King
  • Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life by Winifred Gallagher
  • Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle
  • Revolution in the Head: The Beatles’ Records and the Sixties by Ian MacDonald
  • The Rise by Sarah Lewis

S

  • The Salmon of Doubt   by Douglas Adams
  • Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano
  • Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • See Under: Love by David Grossman
  • The Self Delusion by Tom Oliver
  • The Secret of Our Success by Joseph Henrich
  • The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Sane Society by Eric Fromm
  • The Stranger in the Woods, the Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
  • The Sex Lives of African Women by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah
  • Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone by Minna Salami

T

  • The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change by Diana Fosha
  • Tell Them Who I Am by Elliot Liebow
  • The Third Pillar by Raghuram Rajan
  • Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • The Timeless Way of Building by Christopher Alexander
  • They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib
  • Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital by Carlota Perez
  • Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
  • Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World by René Girard
  • Think Like a Rocket Scientist by Ozan Varol

U

  • Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael Alan Singer

W

  • The Way of the Bodhisattva by Śāntideva
  • We Do This 'Til We Free Us by Mariame Kaba
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • The Wisdom Pyramid by Brett McCracken
  • The War for Kindness by Jamil Zaki
  • Why Bother? by Jennifer Louden
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön
  • The Way of the Bodhisattva by Śāntideva
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  • Why Bother? by Jennifer Louden
  • What’s Your Problem by Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg

Y

  • Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
  • You Got This by Dr. Ivan Joseph

15

  • The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell

21

  • 21 Letters on Life and Its Challenges by Charles Handy